Derbyshire Remembers is an exciting Fifth Word community project being run in partnership with National Trust, Derbyshire Record Office and Derby City Local Studies Library. It uncovers the story of how the First World War changed the lives of people across Derby city and Derbyshire over 100 years ago and has been made possible thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
The project culminates in a WW1 exhibition that has been curated by local Children and Community volunteers. The exhibition is open to the public and can be seen at:
- Sudbury Hall: 7th March – 17th May 2015
- Kedleston Hall: Saturday 23rd May - Thursday 3rd September 2015.
Over a period of 6 months local volunteers received training from partner organisations and worked to collate primary sources relating to WW1. From this, Child-friendly archive cards were created and used as a starting point for working in schools. Fifth Word Theatre led innovative school sessions specialising in the dramatic arts inquiry pedagogy also known as Mantle of the Expert. Dale Primary School and Sudbury Primary School transformed their classrooms into an office environment and worked as a team of ‘experts’ responsible for selecting the themes and sources to make this exhibition.
Dale Primary School explored life on the homefront including the Zeppelin raid in Derby, the munitions workers and the recruitment of local men while Sudbury Primary School explored the lives of serving Soldiers from Derbyshire.
A digital resource pack for teachers will be made available online to help local schools plan their projects for the First World War Centenary years 2014-2018.